[ DRAFT of what I envision the Pinterest Project to look like.]
I have a side project called LINKwithlove.org. It's about helping people understand the best way to share intellectual property online. With kindness. With respect. Remember this? When things like art, photography, music, film, poetry, and ideas get shared without links to the source (creator) things can go very bad very quickly. With art (where I can speak from experience), it seems too much of the internet feels art is free to use, print, reproduce, sell, miscredit and alter. Which is not the case.
So I need your help.
THE PINTEREST PROJECT.
I have a little idea that if I can get a large group of caring individuals to pin a big meaningful/impactful/beautiful graphic to their pinterest boards over the course of one day - we could collectively get the attention of a bigger audience AND HOPEFULLY THE GOOD FOLKS AT PINTEREST.
Truth: I LOVE PINTEREST. I think it is brilliant + beautiful. I am a fan + user. I picked Valentines Day because I truly LOVE them. BUT. I feel the last few months on Pinterest have exploded with new users and suddenly it feels URGENT to educate about proper sharing ettiquette. When you know better you do better... (Maya Angelou said that). Right? I met with Ben Silberman (the creator of Pinterest) and we talked candidly about this very issue. He knows it's real. BUT I want it to be a PRIORITY to them like it is to each one of us who share our intellectual properties with the world. It's very real to me. I want Pinterest to RISE ABOVE the junkiness of Tumblr and Facebook - to be SUPERHEROES that make the internet BETTER. Not worse. I want them to use their brilliance and DO THE RIGHT THING: to fight for the intellectual property that Pinterest helps us share.
WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO:
- visit linkwithlove.org tomorrow FEB14, 2012
- pin the top graphic in the post to your board
That's it. It will take less than 10 seconds. It will look something like the black graphic from above - but it will be more fabulous (gulp)... There will be a handy 'pin it' button the work is done for you. If you wanted to pin it fourteen times or post about it or tweet about it or share and encourage others to do the same - that would be amazing to the enth degree - but all I'm asking you to do is pin it. If you don't participate in Pinterest - THAT'S OKAY TOO - you can still share the idea with your friends.
Let's do it. Let's try it. MAYBE nothing will change... but if we do nothing then MOST CERTAINLY nothing will change.
[ A 'proper pinning' post is coming this week. ]
Today: I'm still catching up + trying to get my groove back. (The MOO.com business card winners were published earlier today.) I will be reaching out today to ask for help with the PINTEREST PROJECT tomorrow. We can do this.